Rajiv Sharma

Group Chief Executive
Coats Group


Rajiv has been Group Chief Executive of Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer, since January 2017. During that time, he has focused the business on its strategic enablers of sustainability, innovation, digital, acquisitions and refined the company purpose. In 2019 Coats launched its new sustainability strategy, pioneering a sustainable future, which set out seven ambitious targets for 2022 in order to accelerate the company’s progress towards a more sustainable future. Plans are being put in place to address climate change and circularity. The Group has also committed to reducing emissions by 50% in this decade and reach net-zero by 2050.

Rajiv has 30 years’ global multi-industry leadership experience. He joined Coats in 2010 as Global CEO Industrial. Prior to that he was on the board of joint ventures at both GE and Shell and held management positions with Saab, Honeywell, GE and Shell. He has lived and worked in the US, Europe and Asia.

Rajiv is also Non-Executive Director of Senior plc, the FTSE 250 global engineering solutions provider.